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Lack of Kudrat: a physical illness experience of young Malay breast cancer patients

Sulaiman, Szariannie (2019) Lack of Kudrat: a physical illness experience of young Malay breast cancer patients. In: International Conference on Social Sciences and Humanities 2019, 8 - 9 Oct 2019, Sarawak, Malaysia.

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This qualitative study aims at exploring the illness experiences of young Malay breast cancer patients in relation to the symptoms they suffered from. Thirteen young Malay breast cancer patients in Kuala Lumpur and several selected areas of Selangor were selected through purposive snowballing technique. In relation to this, an ethnographic fieldwork employing a qualitative approach was conducted for approximately 10 months. A series of in-depth interviews, phone and online interviews guided by semistructured interview schedule and participant observation were carried out among the informants of this study. This is imperative particularly to make sense the meaning of illness as perceived by the Malay informants. Data obtained from the fieldwork was analysed thematically to gain understanding of the stories conveyed by informants. Codes were then generated in relation to the study’s objective. It is evident from the present study that young Malay informants had described their illness experiences in terms of physical dimension. As such they perceived having 'semput', 'tak boleh makan' and' tak boleh pergi kerja' as the ingredients of lack of kudrat. This study holds an important implication in contributing to the existing corpus of knowledge as far as medical anthropology is concerned. It is also significant for health care providers and support networks in better understanding breast cancer patients’ conditions, medical problems, psychosocial needs and quality of life in coping with cancer.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Plenary Papers)
Additional Information: 5036/77779
Uncontrolled Keywords: kudrat, illness, Malay, breast cancer
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
R Medicine > RG Gynecology and obstetrics
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences
Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences > Department of Sociology & Anthropology
Depositing User: Dr. Szariannie Sulaiman
Date Deposited: 07 Feb 2020 16:43
Last Modified: 10 Jul 2020 09:08
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/77779

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